Call for Submissions - Deadline April 30, 2007 - apply NOW!
Oxford, January 19 2007. Earthwatch, the environmental charity, and BBC Wildlife Magazine today launched the prestigious Young Environmental Journalist of the Year Award 2007. The award will see one young writer scoop the opportunity to undertake a life-changing experience on an international Earthwatch expedition and have their work featured in BBC Wildlife Magazine.
Earthwatch and BBC Wildlife Magazine are inviting young journalists 'in the making' between the ages of 18 and 25 to apply for the award, which acknowledges an exceptional piece of journalistic work by a young person.
Participants will be asked to interview somebody who they consider to be an environmental hero and write a 750-word profile of the person, assessing what they have achieved and what motivates them, while also demonstrating their own personal knowledge and passion for the environment. The writer should be objective and accurate in their research; and creative enough to capture and hold the interest of the reader. The winning article will be published in BBC Wildlife Magazine.
As part of the prize, the award winner will spend up to two weeks on an international Earthwatch expedition where s/he will work alongside leading scientists and play a direct role in helping to gather information that will influence conservation activities. The winner will have three expeditions to choose from and they could find themselves tracking elephants in Sri Lanka's national parks, surveying dolphins in Greece or monitoring the lakes in Kenya's Great Rift Valley.
This award is kindly funded by the Max Nicholson Fund, named after the late conservationist, ornithologist, writer and civil servant, Max Nicholson who in his lifetime helped found Earthwatch Institute (Europe) and WWF and inspired nature reserves and ecological research around the world.
The judges include television presenter Kate Humble, Richard Donkin of the Financial Times and James Fair, environment editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine.
The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2007. For more information about the award and conditions of entry, download the pdf of the March issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine. You can also call Earthwatch on 01865 318852.
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